Up to this point we knew about the incident in which Richie Incognito was arrested after threatening to shoot a group of people at a funeral home in Arizona where his father was buried after which he had arsenal of weapons seized. Now ESPN is reporting that wasn’t the only incident which occurred that month in which Incognito was charged.
Another incident occurred at the home of his 90-year-old grandmother with whom Incognito had an argument.
According to court documents obtained by ESPN, Incognito agreed to plead guilty to charges of criminal damage and disorderly conduct -- both Class 1 misdemeanors in Arizona -- after he punched a fist-sized hole in a wall in the living room and ripped a security system’s control box off the wall during an argument with his grandmother at her house on Aug. 19, 2018.
The police report described Incognito as “enraged” and that he blamed his grandmother for the death of his father, which he had announced on Twitter the day before. A domestic violence charge was removed when a plea agreement was reached on April 1.
Incognito was ordered to take 10 weekly anger-management sessions and pay a $569 fine. He also was given one year of unsupervised probation per terms of the agreement. He was ordered to stay away from his grandmother’s home, stay on his medication, avoid alcohol, not possess firearms and write a letter of apology.
Tuesday the Raiders announced they had signed Incognito to a one-year deal, undoubtedly fully aware of this incident along with Incognito’s several other run-ins with the law over the past year. He was cited for an incident in a gym last May in which he threw tennis balls at other patrons threw a dumbbell into the pool.
There’s no question Incognito has issues, especially when he goes off his meds. The Raiders signed him anyway, in the hopes they could rein him in and give him the structured environment to utilize his on-field talents.